TAA S A M E M B E R P ROFIL E S B O R I S K A S P I E V – TAASA Review June 2014


This article was originally found in the June 2014 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 23, Issue 2, Page 29).

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Boris Kaspiev is an independent, private collector of Asian art, with a specific interest in the Buddhist art of Tibet and Mongolia.

His collection, acquired over nearly 30 years in partnership with the late Richard Price, comprises more than 400 works dating from the 10th century BCE to the early 20th century. Born in Canberra of Russian émigré parents, Boris has lived in Melbourne since the mid1970s.

He was inspired in his collecting by his heritage from the south of Russia on the edges of Central Asia, and by the small collection of Chinese art assembled by his godmother, who was a harbintsy, a white Russian who settled in Harbin in the early 20th century. Having recently retired after working for more than 30 years in social policy, he is now able to devote more of his time to researching and documenting the collection, and pursuing his passion for Asian art and culture...